The great USA statesman, Benjamin Franklin, once said “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” There’s a certain amount of truth in that saying. I, like Ben Franklin, am fairly sure that we’ll never be without taxes in the USA. After all, how would our mega government run without the benefit of taxes? And death, well yes, in our human form, each and everyone of us will die one day. So, it seems that Ben would refer to both of those topics, death and taxes, as being irrevocable (permanent, certain, unable to be reversed).
But, death and taxes are not the only sure things in this world. Ben missed the biggest sure thing of all – God and God’s love. Trying to tell people about God and His salvation has always been somewhat difficult for me. I’ve always thought that I needed to be an expert apologist, I’ve always been afraid that I don’t have all the answers. Perhaps I’ve haven’t trusted that God would give me the right words to say. So, for the most part, I’ve tried to live a life that points to God. I would hope that people see God through my words and actions, see the joy that I have, and want the same thing that I have. However, I’m far from successful in displaying godly character at all times.
I do know this, God’s love is immutable (unchangeable) and irrevocable; once you have it, you can never lose it. Once you believe in your heart, and confess your belief in Jesus Christ as the son of God with your mouth, you’ve got your salvation. You are saved. You are God’s child, nothing can take that away. It will change your life in ways that you could never imagine, it has for me.
You can’t earn your salvation, you cannot purchase it, you cannot barter for it. No amount of works can obtain it for you. It’s a gift, ready for you to claim. No matter what you have done in your life, God still loves you, and wants you to enter into His Kingdom.This gift is extravagant – it’s the best you’ll ever receive. It’s one that I think no one should ignore, because the consequences are huge. God longs each of us to be given His perfect gift of eternal life in Heaven with Him.
You won’t get away from death and taxes, the other two immutable things that we’ve talked about here. But, when you become sealed with the redemption that comes from Jesus, after your bodily death, you’ll enter into an eternal life with God the Father, and Jesus the Son.
What God says, always comes to pass – that is irrefutable and irrevocable for sure.
One final question: If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, what’s holding you back?
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, ESV)
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38, ESV)
“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29, ESV)
“For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6, ESV)
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19, ESV)